Mrs Anne Macdonald: Biography

Anne Macdonald MA, Deputy Head (Academic), joined Queen Elizabeth’s School in 2003 as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

In the succeeding years, she has been appointed to senior roles including Head of Geography and Head of Humanities, as well as Assistant Head, before being appointed in 2019 as one of the Deputy Heads, responsible for academic matters. Beyond the classroom, she established the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award scheme at QE.

Having read Geography at Robinson College, Cambridge, she spent a brief period working for two national education organisations, The Basic Skills Agency and the Learning and Skills Development Agency. Mrs Macdonald returned to study at Cambridge in 2002, taking her Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) teaching qualification at Homerton College.

One of her roles as Assistant Head was to lead initial teacher training for those at the start of their career. She has had much experience of this through: training delivered to teachers on the Geography PGCE at the Institute of Education and School Direct course at the University of Hertfordshire; training delivered to new heads of Geography through the Prince’s Teaching Institute; and her published work in the Secondary Geography Handbook (Ed. D. Balderstone 2006).